The Insignia Voice Speaker is great. Right out of the box, it looks and feels remarkably similar to the regular sized Google Home. It does sit a little taller and broader, but it features a similar fabric material around the lower part of the speaker. Around the front, you will find the display which shows the time, timers/alarms, and the temperature. The temperature will only show when you ask the temp. Shortly after, it disappears.
Just like the Home, the top section of the Insignia Voice Speaker has a sloped top that has lights that blink and flash when the Google Assistant is activated. Just below these lights, you can find three capacitive-touch buttons that allow you to adjust the speaker’s volume, display brightness, launch Assistant, and more. Around back is a microphone mute button to stop the speaker from listening to you.
Setting it up in the Google Home app, is easy. I can set it to default to sound on the Insignia Google assistant speaker, or on a connected speaker or group of speakers around my house. So when I say, "Hey Google. Play Michael Jackson songs." it will automatically play on the default speaker(s), if I dont tell it what I want it to play on. Or, if I say, "Hey Google. Play Peppa Pig on YouTube on TV. It will play a Peppa Pig episode on the TV...as long as I set the TV to be named "TV." I use IFTTT (If This Then That) to have different "recipes" to do different things. I control my lights in the kitchen/dining/livingroom/outside Christmas lights, by connecting it to the Insignia Connect light switch (only works on a single pole switch - not a 3-Way or 4-way). I hook my sprinkler system up to it, so I can say things like, "Hey Google. My lawn is looking brown." and it will start the sprinkler system, because i set it up as a thing I can say to do [THIS].
My kids like to play the trivia game, and ask it to tell then jokes. They dont need a Google account to use, but if they do, then it can set up their voice to recognize who they are, and personalize things to them. My wife uses the "Hey Google. Where is my phone?" a lot. It will call her phone and make the volume loud. That has to be set up with IFTTT to work, because it calls from the IFTTT company, not using the Insignia speaker.
What I really like more about this Insignia brand Google Home is that the top has a touch pause/play as well as volume up (+) and a volume down (-) button that shows up when my finger is nearby. The Google Home does not have this feature, and you swirl your finger in a circle to get the volume up. Tapping anywhere on the top makes the sound/music pause, but on the Insignia you tap the circle.
I am unable to make a call with the Google assistant, but that is the only thing I am unable to do with the Insignia version.